12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Colorado Springs

— 2 nights
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll around Garden of the Gods and then wander the streets of Old Colorado City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): trek along St Mary's Glacier and then enjoy unforgettable views with Adventures Out West.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs attractions planner.

San Antonio to Colorado Springs is an approximately 16.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from San Antonio in June, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (84°F), and nights are cooler (54°F). On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip app.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the activities along Hanging Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Causeway Hike and then see Altitude Outdoor Adventures.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs travel planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Glenwood Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Estes Park in June, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Aspen.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through American Lake Trail. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, hike along Crater Lake Trail, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aspen day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Aspen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Durango.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Durango

— 2 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center, and then stroll through The Snowbike Experience. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery, view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, and then hit the slopes at Hesperus Ski Resort.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Durango trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Durango in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Durango hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Colorado travel guide

4.3
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.